Category: health care

The Surprising Benefits of Serving Prisoners Better Food

Mother Jones By Madison Pauly Jose Villarreal remembers going to bed hungry most nights during his 10 years in solitary confinement at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison. Dinner might consist of mashed potatoes, bread, and a slice of processed meat—never with salt, and always cold. Shouting through air vents between their cells, his neighbors would …

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Infographic: Blueprint for Complex Care–11 Opportunities to Strengthen the Field

Complex care is a person-centered approach to addressing the needs of a relatively small, heterogenous group of people who repeatedly cycle through multiple healthcare, social service, and other systems—including the criminal justice system—yet do not derive lasting benefit from those interactions. While the United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation, …

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Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care

AP By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report released Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office worked with the National …

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Franklin City Encouraged by Early Results of New Addict-Assistance Program

Dayton Daily News By Ed Richter A six-month-old program aimed at getting help for people addicted to opioids is seeing positive results , according to leaders of the effort. The city’s heroin quick response team has contacted 65 people who have had an opioid overdose since its launch March 1. Called the Helping Overdose through …

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U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Education, Awareness to Combat Opioid Crisis

The GW Hatchet By Shannon Mallard U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke at Betts Theater Monday about the opioid epidemic and community-based solutions to the crisis. The event, titled “Better Health Through Better Partnerships,” opened with welcoming remarks from Pamela Jeffries, the dean of the School of Nursing. During his speech, Adams spoke about the …

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Rehabilitation Plus Rehab? Jails Treat Inmates with Opioid Addiction Medication

Governing By Anna Gorman At a time when the U.S. government is trying to deal with a nationwide opioid epidemic, many jails across the country are only now rolling out medicines to help inmates overcome addiction. And most of those jails dispense only one of the drugs currently available. Nearly 1 in 5 jail and …

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Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare

Hosted by Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers, Beyond the Walls brings together the communities that are affected by the crises of mass imprisonment. With a focus on community-led responses to the crisis in the criminal justice system, workshops reflect the needs of people currently or formerly incarcerated and will highlight the work being done to improve conditions both within prison …

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